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Lane turn arrows contradict lane marking white lines

Reported via desktop in the Sign issue (NH) category anonymously at 13:17, Wed 27 October 2021

Sent to National Highways less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 3087692.

Approaching the traffic lights on to the roundabout from Blackburn Road, the direction arrows in the lanes incorrectly show the left lane as "left turn only".

However the lane markings just through the lights correctly show the left entry lane splitting to the left exits and to the centre roundabout lane around to the A631, with the right entry lane being right-lane-only on to the roundabout.

The contradictory markings mean vehicles often take the right lane up to the junction when wanting the centre lane on the roundabout, causing conflicts with people familiar to the junction who use the left entry for the middle lane, following the lane marking lines.

The left lane road arrow at the lights should show left and straight, not left only.

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  • Thank you for contacting National Highways regarding the road layout at M1 Blackburn Road. We’ve taken a look at this and don’t believe the markings are contradictory although.It appears that the lane separation markings under the bridge don’t easily align with Blackburn Road, only for the roundabout traffic. We believe one solution to this could be removing two of the lane markings between lanes 1 and 2 under the bridge at a future time. We’ve also checked the recent accident history which shows no injury collisions in the past 5 years. But we will raise it with our renewals team and if there is a planned road marking scheme in the forward programme we will suggest the above changes.. I trust the above information is of help to you but please do contact me should there be any further issues. If you require any further information, National Highways can be contacted on 0300 123 5000 or email

    State changed to: Fixed

    Posted by National Highways at 16:13, Tue 9 November 2021

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